EarthLink Inc. announced Monday the appointment of Cardi Prinzi as president of New Edge Networks, the company’s business communications division. Prinzi joins EarthLink from TelePacific Communications where he was senior vice president of marketing.
Prinzi replaces Linda Beck, who was named president in 2007 and left the company in summer 2008. The position has been open for the past year.
Joe Wetzel, EarthLink’s COO, has had oversight of the New Edge Networks business unit, which Earthlink acquired in 2005, for the past year and will continue to do so, according to a spokesperson for the companies.
Earthlink Chairman and CEO Rolla Huff knew Prinzi previously through dealings with TelePacific, which in summer 2006 purchased Mpower Communications, for which Huff served as CEO.
While at TelePacific Prinzi was responsible for sales, product development and management, marketing, regulatory and external affairs. He led the development of transformational data product and VoIP strategies as well as played a leadership role in the planning and integration of three acquisitions.
In addition to his six years with TelePacific, Prinzi brings more than 25 years of industry experience in sales and marketing as well as data operations management with companies such as Pihana Pacific Inc. (Equinix Inc.), WorldCom/MFS and Sprint.
“Cardi is a 25-year veteran and a seasoned leader in the telecommunications/managed services industry who understands the value proposition of the CLEC segment,” said Huff. “He is extremely proficient in executing sales strategies in the small-to-medium enterprise (SME) space with a key focus on integrated voice and data products and multi-location customers. Throughout each step in his career, Cardi has built a competency in successfully managing sales and marketing groups, product platforms, and customer relationships. This combination of experiences will be essential as we continue our pursuit of profitable, value creating growth for our managed services segment.”
New Edge Networks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of EarthLink, located in Vancouver, Wash. It builds and manages private IP-based wide area networks for small to medium sized businesses across the United States, providing a blend of access technologies — from DSL and T1 lines to fiber-optic and wireless broadband connections – for building private and secure MPLS networks.